The Black and Decker LST420 Battery Powered Weed Eater is another in the electric line of weed eaters from this company. This particular one is battery powered to solve the basic problem of electric trimmers which is getting rid of the extension cord.
Black and Decker have made a lot of promises, claiming good power, long battery life, lightweight design and automatic feed of the line that doesn’t require any bumping. Does it really live up to those promises?
There are a number of advantages that the Black and Decker LST420 Battery Powered Weed Eater offer in terms of its overall performance:
Lightweight: At just under six pounds, this is a very lightweight trimmer that is easy to maneuver and get at those hard to reach places in the yard.
Longer Battery Life: While it may not quite last an hour according to Black and Decker, the battery does last a long enough time for most people to trim their front and back yards if they are of normal sizes or smaller.
Greater Power: It’s not so much the battery itself, but how the power is transferred from the battery to the trimmer that creates a greater amount of power and ability to trim tall grass and weeds.
Automatic Feed Spool: There is no bumping required as the feed spool is automatically fed which makes it very convenient, indeed.
Even the best advantages are not always enough to please everyone about this particular weed trimmer. In fact, there are a few things to consider before purchasing this product.
Issues with Auto Line Feed: It has been reported by some customers that the auto line feature is not consistent which means you may have to “bump” or stop the trimmer at times to get out more line.
Battery Issues: Despite the promises of one hour battery life, that is certainly not true on the higher setting where you may need that power to cut through tough weeds.
Taking into consideration the pros and cons of this device, the best features include what really works on this trimmer.
- Good Power
- Cordless Operation
- Auto Line Feed
Although the auto line feed does have some reported issues, it is still good enough to call it a worth feature of this trimmer.
If there is one outstanding feature, it is the overall lightweight design which allows for easy, comfortable movement and reaching areas of the yard that otherwise would be difficult with heavier, clumsier weed trimmers. Add to this the other features that make this trimmer special and you have a device that is well suited to most suburban yards.
Overall, the Black and Decker LST420 Battery Powered Weed Eater is an excellent device that works quite well in terms of trimming the small to medium size yards in one charge of the battery. However, it is recommended that you get two batteries and keep on charging while using the other so that you never run out of power.